Today, Mozilla announced that it will soon begin selling ads within Firefox, its internet browser. This announcement serves as a followup on an earlier announcement made by the company last year when it said that its browser would begin blocking third-party advertising software automatically by default, something that sent the online advertising industry ablaze with chatter on the topic.
Mozilla says that the ads will appear within Firefox's "New Tabs Page," and will feature both locally targeted as well as mass market ads via a new initiative called "Directory Tiles." Mozilla unveiled a beta version of the Directory Tile system last year for users who opted in to receiving tailored content delivered to them based on their browsing history, and the company says that from its testing, it now sees more than 100 billion "tile impressions" annually. This opens up a big advertising niche that Mozilla hopes to capitalize on.
"Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla's pursuit of our mission," Mozilla said in a blog post. "The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy." A spokes person for Mozilla followed up by saying: "We are looking to partner with like-minded content owners and creators, such as leading publishers and curators as well as innovative advertising agencies."
In a world where stand-alone MP3 players are a quickly dying breed, companies are resulting to extreme measures to sell their products in which they have invested millions into. Sony's W Series Walkman is one of those devices that while it may be a barebones MP3 player with no additional special functionality, has one major thing going for it; its waterproof.
To highlight this unique feature in New Zealand, Sony has began packaging the W Series inside of a bottle full of water with the help from an ad firm called DraftFCB. The bottle appears to be a reusable sports bottle with a stainless steel band around the top that bears the Walkman logo. Getting your hands on one of these will not be easy though as Sony has placed vending machines containing the Bottled Walkman inside of select gyms and pool facilities around New Zealand.
Taiwanese hardware maker Foxconn and Google have partnered up so they can work on technologies to improve robotic automation efforts to benefit both companies. Beyond autonomous vehicles, Google's exact plans for its growing collection of robotic-related research remain unknown.
In 2013 alone, Google purchased eight robotics companies and created a robotics research group - and Google reportedly has a large interest in electronics assembly, trying to compete with traditional retail powerhouses.
Foxconn is a company familiar with robotics development, as the company reportedly uses robots in its own manufacturing facilities overseas. With raising labor costs in China, Foxconn has been able to reduce its manned workforce and use robotic technology to help keep its narrow margins intact, with automated processes greatly helpful.
There is great potential for Foxconn and Google to help each other, as Google can send much-needed funds and research to Foxconn, which can provide robotics hardware and mature technologies.
Embedded World 2014 - Apacer announced today that it will be unveiling as many as six new industrial SSD products at this years Embedded World 2014 conference held in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will be unveiling a new real-time SSD monitoring app for mobile devices dubbed the SSDWidget, as well as a new ultra-high speed dual disk CSD (Combo SATA Drive) that exceeds 1,000MB/s.
Apacer will also be showing off a new 5-thick industrial-grade 2.5-inch SSD that is SATA 3 equipped for ultra-fast transfer speeds. Additionally a new seamless, waterproof SSD will be on display that is said to function normally even when submerged under water. The company's booth will be located in Hall 1-103 and will feature many demos of new products as well as existing lines showcasing Apacer's strength in the Solid State marketplace for more than 10 years now.
You would expect the president of one of the largest financial institutions in the US to have a very robust personal security plan in effect to ensure that his identity or financial information was not stolen, but it appears that is not the case with PayPal's President, David Marcus. This morning Marcus revealed that one of his credit card numbers was stolen during a recent trip to Europe and then used on a large spending spree.
Marcus says that he thinks that his card was skimmed at the hotel he was staying at or at one of the several merchants he swiped the card in question at. Marcus said that despite the card having an EMV chip that is supposes to make it more secure against this sort of attack, the EMV technology did nothing to prevent his card's number from being stolen and used on a fraudulent spending spree. Marcus did take the opportunity to inject a little promotion for PayPal, saying that if the merchant had accepted PayPal then none of this would have happen as PayPal's payment solutions do not share any credit card numbers with the merchant excepting payment.
This morning we are getting some insight into why one of the most popular apps in recent months was abruptly pulled from the market despite it earning its creator more than $50,000 per day. In an interview with Forbes, Flappy Bird creator Dong Ngueyen, said that he made the decision to pull the game from the Apple App Store and Google Play because it has became addictive for so many players.
"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," said Nguyen. "But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird. It's gone forever." He went on to say that he could not sleep due to the pressure and the stress that the games success was causing him, and that even though it is gone, the game has given him new found confidence. Unfortunately the decision to pull the game has given profiteers new confidence as well with several knock offs popping up as well as iPhone 5S models with Flappy Bird installed popping up on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars.
Former NSA analyst Will Ackerly and his brother, John Ackerly, are the co-founders of Virtru, a startup security company helping users encrypt e-mails and digital communications. Unlike other encryption solutions, Virtru allows users to encrypt information - and send it - and has an extremely easy user interface to ensure neither user needs to be overly tech savvy.
The Virtru plugin easily and quickly encrypts e-mails and other contents using AES 256 encryption standard, and senders must have the plugin installed. However, recipients only need to authenticate their identity with an e-mail address, and Virtru holds the decryption key.
"What we've tried to do - and what's different from what a lot of encrypted communication tools out there have done - is really spend time to integrate the encryption technology directly into Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com," John Ackerly, Virtru CTO, in a statement to the media.
Virtru currently has plugin extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, with customized versions for Internet Explorer and Safari expected soon. For mobile devices, Virtru is available for iOS 7, and will be available for Google Android sometime in the near future.
Following the continued controversy of former NSA analyst Edward Snowden's widespread snooping documents, consumers are increasingly worried about government spying.
Sprint and SoftBank are trying to determine if a continued effort to acquire T-Mobile is worth the trouble, as antitrust officials want to keep as much competition alive as possible. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Chairman Masayoshi Son reportedly have met with U.S. Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials, though trying to convince antitrust officials to approve the deal will be difficult.
When AT&T, currently the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, expressed interest in purchasing T-Mobile a few years ago, the deal was almost instantly shot down. It would be hard to imagine the No. 3 wireless carrier being allowed to successfully acquire T-Mobile, which is No. 4, especially after SoftBank purchased majority stake in the company.
"A few years ago only AT&T and Verizon were growing," said tech analyst Jeff Kagan. "At that time T-Mobile and Sprint were in trouble. Since that time things are starting to change. T-Mobile got a new CEO and has started to grow once again. Sprint has been acquired by Softbank and has not started to grow yet, but we are hoping to see that growth begin sooner rather than later."
Consumers trying to sign up for wireless service have more appealing, competitively priced voice, texting and data plans available.
Thousands of visitors attending and participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, landed directly in the city located alongside the Black Sea. 3D camera technology company Artec Group is helping Russian security forces with a new system pairing 3D cameras with facial recognition software - and the security could find its way to the United States and European Union (EU) nations soon.
Artec's software can accurately distinguish between twins, can accurately work despite disguises - though security experts are already about potential privacy concerns. Artec Group also has plans to open a showroom and 3D printing location in a town near its headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Securities using sophisticated software and hardware are important for keeping the Olympics safe, as it has been a popular terror target in the past. However, this type of software could be used for national defense purposes, an active ability to quickly check visitors through crime and terror databases.
The FBI believes cyber criminals have successfully targeted Target, Neiman Marcus, and other major retailers using security holes that could have been blocked by retailers.
Target suffered the most significant data breach of recent companies, with more than 70 million customers affected, as the company still deals with public backlash. The Target breach reportedly is tied to a third-party HVAC contractor, and Target likely thought there were no security holes present, but the card data shouldn't have been available in the same corporate network locations.
Security experts warn of similar point-of-sale - and Internet-based threats - should raise alarm bells, especially with a few businesses that haven't come forward. The FBI didn't disclose which major retailers haven't come forward, though "remote management software" was related to cyber crimes carried out against the company.